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The best kept secret in music


"Wanganui Chronicle"

Over the years Carl Perkins has been a central figure in a number of New Zealand bands, so its not suprising making music comes naturally to his children.

Though all are involved with music in their own way, four members of the Wanganui - based family are taking their passion to a new level via there own record label and production house.

Southgate Entertainment formed four years ago, has just released "Our Story" a debut compilation CD featuing 17 r'n'b , reggae and hiphop tracks by young up and coming artists.

Mr Perkins , a former Herbs singer/song writer , established Southgate Entertainment as a means of showcasing the emerging musical talent from our wider region , including Wanganui, Ratana, Manawatu, Taranaki and Rotorua. "Our Story" was the ideal vehicle through which to help develop their skills and profile while bringing outstanding new music to a savvy music public.

A video for one of the songs , "Rise Up", is appearing on TV after having been shot, recently at Ratana Pa.
However , while the patriarch brings years of experience, Southgate Entertainment is also benefitting from the fresh perspective and talents of three of his sons , Te Omeka, Samuel and Isaiah.
One of the key influeneces behind the label is Te Omeka , the 20-year-old self taught musician, producer and studio engineer.

Described as the "driving force" in unearthing and securing young musicians for "Our Story" , Te Omeka's studio skills have also grabbed the attention of others in the music industry, resulting in his remix of black seeds track "Black Sunrise" being nominated for best New Zealand remix at the 2003 BFM awards.

Both contributing and learning as they go , younger brothers Samuel and Isaiah are finding success in their own right , learning only last week their band Steady Beat Rockers had made the final of the CokeSmokeFreeRockQuest Pacifika Beats section.

The duo are also gaining international attention, particularly with Samuel's instrumental compositions being taken on by overseas hiphop, rnb and reggae artists.

"Our Story" is available via the internet from and selected music stores, while two albums are set for release later in the year and a number of others are in the pipeline, covering a range of genre from hiphop to rock and ballads. "Its taking a bit of time to develop due to a lack of resources but we're persevering and its really coming together now," Mr Perkins said. "The beauty of it is being able to work with the boys and hopefully everything they learn and experience can be taken with them and used in the future." - Tony Abel

"Southgate Soundz OFF!!!"

Name: Te Omeka Perkins (second from the right)
Age: 20
Iwi: Ngâ Puhi, Ngâ Pairangi, Iwi Morehu
Education: Wanganui High School

By Kristin MacFarlane (Te Arawa, Ngâti Ranginui)
Photo by Renee Pedrotti

How many 20-year-olds can say they’re co-founders of their own record label and music production house promoting rangatahi music? Te Omeka Perkins, that’s who!

The self-taught musician, producer and studio engineer has nurtured Southgate Entertainment in Wanganui along with his father, former Herbs songwriter and band member Carl Perkins.

It’s easy to see that whânau plays a major part in both the current and future success of Southgate.

Not only does Te Omeka – who likes to be known as Teo – work with his dad but also his two younger brothers, Isaiah aka Izzy (16) and Samuel aka PKS (15).

Izzy writes the songs and makes beats while Samuel focuses on beat-making as well as selling his work to up and coming international artists.

Older brothers Joshua (drums) and Peter ‘Dan Dan’ (vocals/MC) feature in the live band.

“Working with family feels special and it’s uplifting,” Teo adds.

So what does the self-funded record label have under its belt since its birth in 2000?

A debut compilation CD (‘Our Story’) showcasing new R’n’B, rap and reggae talent, a song (‘Dark Nights’) selected for DJ Sir-Vere’s ‘Major Flavours 5’ series, and a number of spiritual and Mâori language collections in the making.

Teo’s own talents have also been recognised. He was commissioned to remix a Black Seeds track (‘Black Sunrise’) which was nominated for Best New Zealand Remix at last year’s BFM Awards.

In the near future, the boys plan to go on a national tour as well as continuing to record new material.

Growing up around music, Teo is now living his passion to get more youth into the industry, which is what Southgate is all about.

“It’s for the ones who don’t have access to studios to participate in the music industry at a serious level – so rangatahi can follow their dreams and aspirations of being performing artists.”

Teo encourages education, stressing that determination is the key to success.

“Education is a must to gain more knowledge and understanding in life. If you’ve got a goal, focus on it and stay on track. Kia kaha, be strong!” - Taiohi Magazine


Incorporating reggae, hip hop and r'n'b; the 19 track debut from Carl Perkins' new label unleashes fresh talent from Taranaki to Palmeston North. Distributed through, the artists on this compilation are relatively unknown, but possess solid potential for future success. R'n'b affiliates Seth, Marino, P.A Styles and T.A come across as professional with soothing beats provided by Te Omeka and Carl Perkins. Meanwhile, the album predominantly focuses on hip hop. Talent emerges from the likes of MCs Defwish, Johnny K, Random Klik, 13-year-old Lil'Richie and SVC to name only a few. Wiz brings chilled reggae vibes with the benevolent I Love You Girl, and more upbeat What If I Was. International artists, Messenjah of Tanzania, and Pure Source representing San Diego, also bless the mix. The synthesised sounds in many beats can become repetitive and sound familiar from song to song, and some MCs have ground to make in their lyrical skill. 'Our Story' is a good introduction for the former Herbs member's new stable, and with two complete albums due for release, marks a good beginning.

- Magazine



- Conscious Roots 2 (Compilation) Nov 2005

- Our Story (Compilation) released July 2004

- Conscious Roots (Compilation) 2004

- Pushed 2003 The Blackseeds

Coming Soon..........

- Aio (scheduled for release june 06)

- Shine the Light (scheduled for release dec05 )

- Seth Happu Debut album (coming soon)

- House Of Shem (recording @ YorkStreet Studios)

-Carl Perkins solo album (coming mid 2006)

- Mana Re-Mixed & Mastered (originally released 1993- Coming 2006)

- Steady Beat Rockers (In Production-coming soon)


Feeling a bit camera shy



House of Shem is an 8 piece family roots reggae band based in Whanganui, Aotearoa, New Zealand and are Morehu Maori of Nga Puhi, Nga Pairangi & Atihaunui a paparangi descent. The band was formed in 1998 by one of Aotearoa’s south pacific reggae icons musician, songwriter & performer from HERBS & MANA Carl Perkins (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar/Bass) and his 3 sons Joshua (Drums/Electronic Drums), Te Omeka (Bass/Lead Vocals/keyboards/Rhythm Guitar) & Pete (Vocals) later arrivals found Carls youngest boys Isaiah (keyboards / Lead Vocals) & Hamuera (Keyboards/Percussions) join the band in 2004. Grown up around Roots reggae music the boys accompanied there Father on several international shows including backstage with The Wailers, Maxi Priest, Toots & The Maytals, UB40 & performing live with Ossie Gad & The 12 Tribes of Israel band NZ obviously they have a Drive , passion and love for music .
Additional musicians include a two piece horn section, sessions bassist Grant Manga & Lead Guitarist Peiahna Tahapehi. Together the band grooves with the One Drop, Rock Steady, Lovers Rock, hard hitting Steppa styles & the long lasting South Pacific reggae pulse. Their Bubbling reggae pulse and conscious roots harmonies defines a sweet positive reggae music & message from Aotearoa.

Southgate Entertainment is a record label and music production house based in Wanganui New Zealand nurtured by Carl Perkins & son Te Omeka.
Southgate Entertainment promotes the musical talent of the Ratana, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Rotorua and Taranaki areas, developing young emerging composers and performers for the future.
Southgate Entertainment was initiated in the Maori musical hotbed of Ratana Pa, Wanganui in 2000 by former Herbs songwriter & band member Carl Perkins who co-wrote such classics as "Long Ago", "Nuclear Waste", "Listen", "Stolen Time", "Jah Reggae", "E Papa" & "Only Jah know" - which won Polynesian Record of the Year 1987 at the New Zealand Music Awards.

Co- producer/engineer and son Te Omeka is a self taught Musician, Producer & Studio Engineer with a passion for Reggae, Rnb & Hip Hop, and has been a part of the driving force in gathering the youth that feature on the labels debut "Our Story" CD.
Te Omeka (Teo) efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, he was commissioned to remix a Black Seeds track "Black Sunrise", nominated for Best NZ remix at the BFM Awards 2003.

Younger brothers Isaiah (Izzy) & Samuel (Pks) have developed a natural gift for songwriting & and are learning production and engineering skills. Izzy teamed up with Miami Recording artists J2 and produced 5 tracks for the self titled EP "I Like That" and Omeka featured on the track "Aintya Sorry Baby" that was rocking. . Older brothers Joshua (drums) & Peter ‘Don Dan’ (Vocals/Emcee) feature in the live band.

Southgate Entertainment artists have an impressive list of support act performances including opening for superstars Cypress Hill and Boney M, as well as local stars Ossie Gad & Jah Remnant Band, Che-Fu & The Krates, Ma-V-Elle, and Ardijah.


The debut compilation ‘Our Story’ is the labels first CD release featuring 17 RnB, HipHop & Reggae artists/tracks.
“It’s a great opportunity for our young talent from the region to pursue their musical dreams and aspirations” says Carl.

R&B music is legendary for providing the ability to share an emotional connection with the voice responsible.
17 year-old Seth Haapu, is inviting all ears to “connect” with him on his debut tracks "New Beginning" & "Girl".
Seth displays a young but surprisingly smooth addition to today’s R&B scene, especially for someone still at High School. (His foundation is a spiritual one, his grandfather, a Choir Master for the Ratana Church, whilst his family are all talented musicians & entertainers).
After realizing singing was his first love, performing in front of crowds was something that came naturally. Seth and his High School band, reached the Smoke-free Rock-quest finals, he entered the TV Show ‘Wannabes’ and a 2nd placing provided a performance at the Christmas in the Park extravaganza.
Seth’s tracks cover the spectrum of love, life, fun and relationships presenting his own individual style of smooth, urban contemporary, R&B.

Get ready for Marino, the hottest, smoothest, melodic experience you've ever encountered. With innovative grooves and words of life, Marino will nod ya' head and get' your bounce on.
It's a different flava, with a powerful message, and by the grace of God, Marino Mariner will be a household name.
One of Rap/R+B's sexiest crooners, Marino flaunts his songwriting skills with concepts that are brutally honest, and down-to-earth. His debut ‘Another Day’ shows maturity towards music that hints at a premier songwriter talent, something he’s sharing by offering songs to other Southgate label artists.